Aerospace Medicine Center

The UTMB Health Aerospace Medicine Center supports pilots in their quest to fly with medical evaluations and flight physicals. Benefiting from the clinical expertise and resources of a large academic health center, the Aerospace Medicine Center has the ability to work through difficult certification issues for pilots and coordinate sub-specialty exams at one site providing "one stop shopping" for pilots. Our physicians are able to address complicated medical problems, loss of medical certificate, special issuance and provide special testing.

Dr. Vanderploeg is approved by Virgin Galactic, LLC to perform spaceflight participant screening exams.

Services

  • FAA Medical examination
  • Special issuance examination
  • Disability assessment
  • Fitness-to-fly and SSRI evaluations
  • HIMS assessment
  • Spaceflight medical examination

Clinic Location

Primary Care Pavilion, Suite 126
UTMB Health Aerospace Medicine Center
400 Harborside Drive
Galveston, Texas 77555

Mailing Address

UTMB Health Aerospace Medicine Center
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1110

Contacts

Office  409.747.9176
Fax     409.747.6129
Aerospace.MedCenter@utmb.edu

Staff

The Aerospace Medicine Center is staffed by FAA-designated Senior Medical Examiners (AMEs) who have combined experience in the NASA, corporate and military aviation medicine environments.

The staff of Senior Aviation Medical Examiners work as a team toward a common goal to assist the needs of pilots in providing aeromedical support. Committed to the aviation and space industry, we provide a full range of services to professional pilots and aviation corporate organizations in maintaining a safe and life-long investment in the world of aviation. With over 60 years of experience serving pilots from all sectors of flight, including NASA astronauts. We can meet your needs.

Brian S. Pinkston, MD, MPH

Brian S. Pinkston, MD, MPH
Medical Director 
Senior Aviation Medical Examiner

Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine and
Community Health

  • Board certified in Occupational and 
    Aerospace Medicine
  • Former Manager, Aerospace Medical
    Education Division,
    CAMI - Federal Aviation Administration 
  • Former Division Chief, Medical Operations
    Division, Headquarters Air Force Reserve
    Command

 

 

William E. Powers, MD, MS

William E. Powers, MD, MS
Senior Aviation Medical Examiner
Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine and Community Health

  • Board certified in Emergency Medicine and
    Aerospace Medicine
  • Former Wyle/NASA Flight Surgeon
  • Former Chief of Medicine, NASA Johnson Space Center
Cheryl Lowry, MD, MPH

Cheryl L. Lowry, MD, MPH
Senior Aviation Medical Examiner
Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine and Community Health

  • Board certified in Family Medicine, Occupational Medicine
    and Aerospace Medicine
  • Former Deputy Director, Medical Operations and Research,
    Office of the Air Force Surgeon General 
  • Former Director, Healthcare Operations, Air Force Medical Support Agency